Divij Sharan has sealed his place in the quarter-final of the Delray Beach Open, alongside his New Zealand partner Artem Sitak, after beating the Swedish-French duo of Andre Goransson and Ugo Humbert 5-7, 6-4, 10-7 on Thursday.
Divij Sharan shrugs off early hurdle to win
Partnering Artem Sitak since September last year from the ATP Zhuhai Championships in China, Divij Sharan has known his partner’s game well. However, that didn’t stop Andre Goransson and Ugo Humbert from breaking the Indo-Kiwi pair three times in the first set.
While Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak also broke the Swede and the Frenchman twice, the Indian tennis player and his partner were seen trailing 0-1 after losing the first set 5-7 in 45 minutes.
The second set saw the competition up at both ends as they held their serves right till the tenth game when Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak finally managed to break Goransson-Humbert to prevent a set tie-breaker. The 6-4 win in the second set saw the Indian and his partner bringing parity to the match and setting up a super-tiebreaker.
The 10-serve match decider saw Sharan-Sitak winning the set 10-7 to seal the match, where the Indo-Kiwi duo was broken twice while Goransson-Humbert were broken thrice.
Ranked 56th in the world ranking, Divij Sharan has to continue his decent runs at the ATP events in order to stay in contention to seal an Olympic berth for Tokyo 2020 in his preferred men’s doubles category.